Background Screening

Checking Social Media of Job Applicants

You hear and read stories about companies that require job applicants to reveal their social media accounts, including passwords. These companies believe that by viewing an applicant’s social media activity they can get a better handle on his or her ability to be a productive employee.

Honestly, your background screening company shouldn’t have any reason to provide social media checks. The reasons why are very basic, and should make you think about this potentially risky practice.

Background Check Risks-Beware!

There seem to be a growing number of laws and individual state/county/city restrictions being placed on employers who want to build safe and reliable workforces via a program of background checks.  On top of this, employers are being sued left and right because they aren’t conducting background checks in compliance with federal and local laws.

Here are 3 very important items to keep in mind:

Driving Records Must Be Checked for any Employee that Drives for Business Purposes

If your business hires commercial drivers you understand the federal laws that require you to investigate and monitor the driving activities of your employees. These drivers must meet a number of federal standards, as well as those established by your insurance carriers. But what about those employees who don’t drive 18-wheelers, but instead are behind the wheel of a company or personal vehicle?

Easiest Way to Catch Basic Lies on Resumes and Applications

Odds are good that more than half of the resumes and job applications you review contain any number of misrepresentations, falsehoods, lies…whatever you want to call them.

By performing a fast and easy address search – which reviews tons of public record sources all over the U.S. –you can learn the addresses your applicants have used for the last one to 25 years, when a Social Security number was entered as part of the identifying information. This could be when they secured a loan, rented an apartment, co-signed a financial document, enrolled in school, etc.

What NOT to ask on an application and in an interview

Every year businesses deal with damaging and costly legal battles because a single question on a job application violated federal law. So, it is important that you check your job applications (paper and online) regularly to ensure they comply with federal and state laws.

You likely already know that your job application cannot ask contain questions about a person’s religion, race, sexual orientation, family, and other personal concerns. But here are a few other items you may not be aware of that you must avoid on an application and during interviews:

Holiday season is around the corner. Really, it is!

Many employers hire extra workers to prepare for a busy holiday season. Often these workers are hired on some level shortly after Labor Day to ensure they are trained properly, as they help the employer get ready for increased activity.

Remember that even your temporary help should be screened just like they were permanent, full-time employees. After all, a person working just a few hours a week can be responsible for many problems, such as theft, drug sales, and harassment.

Applicants Lie on Applications All the Time

Only a minor percentage of your job applicants will have a serious criminal record or a problem with a driver’s license. More issues are found when employment and education are confirmed.

For instance, an applicant can indicate his/her work responsibilities and time period of employment are X, but it is learned they are really Y. Also, applicants often misrepresent their educational experience and accomplishments. Unfortunately, it is all too common.